Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Volunteer Fireman's Table

On January 28th of this year, Fortuna, one of our local towns, suffered a devastating fire that destroyed an entire city block. Fire engines from all the surrounding towns were called in to help battle the blaze - manned mostly by volunteer firemen. The community banded together - bringing the fire fighters food and drinks throughout the day. That night, Pat and her husband (who is a retired fire fighter for the California Department of Forestry/CalFIRE) prepared and served dinner at the Fire Station for everyone. (

Pat wanted to do a table to commemorate the brave men and women who worked so hard and so long to save Fortuna's historic Main Street.
The table

The place setting - what could be better than that spotted salad plate?

Flatware is "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton

One of Pat's favorite chargers - "Fun Factory" by Waechterbach

Glassware is from Pier 1 years ago

Yes, salt and pepper fire hydrants

From our Mother's Richard Simmons doll collection

Double duty - I use the fire engine at Christmas time with my Fireman Santa Claus

Where it came from:
Red Charger, Black Dinner Plate and Bowl - "Fun Factory" by Waechterbach from Replacements and Tuesday Morning
Accent/Salad Plate - "Kate" from Pier 1
Black Glassware - from Pier 1 years and years ago
Flatware - "Classic Bead" by Reed & Barton from Costco
Napkins - Handmade by Pat
Napkin Ring - PVC pipe cut into 1" rounds and spray painted yellow
Metal Fire Engine - from Ross several years ago
Fireman with Dalmatian - Richard Simmons' "Fireman" by Annie Wahl

We will be joining Christine for her "Table It!" Blog Link Party this Sunday:

We will also be joining Susan for "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch:


  1. This is adorable! I love volunteer firemen...they save lives and homes daily! Great tribute!

  2. This is super, super cute! One of my daughter's husband is a fireman, and this would make a great birthday tablescape.
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. Darling! What a nice thing to do.
    I didn't get the spotted plate reference until I read your caption. VERY CLEVER.
    Your setting is nicely arranged. It's . . . . 4 alarm!

  4. What a fun table! Of course I'm loving all the black and white with a pop of red. Well done!

  5. My brother is a retired Lieutenant from the Schenectady Fire Department so this caught my eye. My brother went to NYC on 9/11 to do search & rescue. This is a wonderful tribute to our men and women who serve our cities. Love the spotted plate, fireman and the cute salt & pepper shakers! A great job and tribute to our finest!
    Blessings My Friend,